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5 Ways to Ease Your Kids into Back to School


The Palm Beach County School Year is starting earlier than ever this year. Umm…hurray?! It’s Boca back to school!

Are you prepared? I’m still in summer camp mode, so I reached out to Susan Rose, the Personalized Learning Coordinator at Grandview Preparatory School for some ways to get our children ready and  more importantly…EXCITED for the big school year ahead.

Boca back to school

1. Supply Shopping

  • Supply shopping usually involves a list, but letting your child be part of the process makes it more fun and motivating.  Let them choose what they like. They can help parents locate the best deals, either at the store, in newspaper flyers, or online, and perhaps you can even consider buying them a little something extra with all the money they saved you. 🙂
  • Personalizing school supply items can increase a child’s desire to use them. More artistic students may have fun doing this themselves, while others may love something simple like a  backpack with their name embroidered on them.
  • When shopping for new school supplies, let your child also pick out some supplies for their school’s school supply drive for students in need. Shifting the focus to helping others may go a long way in easing any Boca back to school blues.

2. Makeover Day

  • Set aside a special day to get ready for school.  Your child may or may not love getting a haircut or shopping for school shoes and clothes. Intersperse shopping activities with lunch at a favorite place and something fun at the end of the day.  

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3. Boca Back to School Party

  • Invite old friends and kids new to your child’s class if possible for a little pre-school get together.  Create a game in which they do a show & tell about highlights from their summer. Not only can this activity prime them for the inevitable back to school essay or journal entry ….”What did you do this summer?”, it can also help remind them that they actually DID have a fun and eventful summer!

4. Plan for Extracurricular Activities

  • Play up excitement about the upcoming school year by reminding your child of the fun opportunities for extracurricular activities.  Show them brochures for sports, music, arts, science and nature offerings in your area and let them help plan out their weekly calendar.
  • Remember not to over-schedule your child, as is often the trend these days.  Over-scheduling can squelch creativity. The brain needs down time to process new information.  A little boredom can be a very good thing, giving kids the time to come up with new and creative ideas.
  • When scheduling extracurricular activities, remember that “strengthening their strengths” is the best gift you can give your child. Help them discover their passions and talents by trying a variety of activities, and then give them the opportunity to grow the ones they love. Try not to insert your preferences or dreams for your child into the equation…even though that’s probably easier said than done sometimes.

Boca back to school

5. Get Back Into a Sleep Routine

  • Dim the lights and light a few candles an hour before bedtime.  Put on calming music and try to lower the energy level in the house.
  • Set the tone for settling down in the evening.
  • Start getting your kids back into a normal sleep routine at least two weeks before school starts.  To do this…
  • Create a routine just before bed that does not involve the use of a screen. The light emitted from the screen is thought to have a detrimental effect on circadian rhythms, thus disrupting sleep.
  • Reading to your children or telling them stories at bedtime will create a calming routine for sleep. This is also one of the best methods for increasing a child’s literacy skills.

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A few Boca back to school bonus tips…

    • Show your own excitement about the fun activities the school year will bring!  Look through the calendar and talk about all of the fun events your school will host such as Fall Festivals, Winter Concerts and Spring dances.
    • Set a few goals for the year based on your child’s strengths, rather then their weaknesses. For example, for the student who struggles in math, but loves writing, set a goal of entering a poetry contest or writing an essay that makes the teacher laugh. Strengthening strengths will increase motivation, and increase confidence needed to improve in areas that don’t come so naturally.

Back to school is right around the corner MBMoms! Time to get started…because ready or not, here the school year comes…YOU CAN DO IT! 🙂

Boca back to school

Susan Rose is the Personalized Learning Coordinator at Grandview Preparatory School.  Her role at Grandview involves a variety of responsibilities geared toward individualizing the learning experience for the student.  She believes the best gift we can give students is to help them realize and strengthen their strengths.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from Western Kentucky University,  Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Kentucky, and an Educational Specialist degree in Brain Based Learning from Nova Southeastern University.  

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The Boobies (Were) OUT in Boca for World Breastfeeding Week

From contributor: Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

It’s World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton and Palm Beach County is participating in the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project in a big way! Each year photographers from across the world provide FREE photo sessions to breastfeeding moms everywhere. They spread these images online and on social media (#PBAP2015), in the hopes of bringing awareness to and normalizing breastfeeding in public.

This project was founded in 2013 by birth and breastfeeding photographer, Leilani Rogers of Austin, TX. Since then, it has gone viral on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Local newborn and maternity photographer, Connie Granja is representing Boca Raton for the second year in a row. One of her images of a “Modern Boca Mom” was featured on The Huffington Post, BabyCenter.com, Redbook.com, and The Stir/Cafe Mom, among others.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

In true Boca fashion, the theme for Granja’s project is “Breastfeeding is Glamorous!” Let’s face it, breastfeeding moms do not always feel glamorous or even tolerated in today’s society.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life, and then along with foods for the first year. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding the first two years because of decreased risk for obesity, diabetes and more. However, despite the well known health benefits, the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card by the CDC shows that in Florida only 29% of mothers are exclusively breastfeeding at three months of age. By six months it decreases to only 10%.

In Lansinoh’s 2012 breastfeeding study, 40% of mothers listed breastfeeding in public as their top worry about breastfeeding. The goal of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton is to support breastfeeding mothers to change that.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

If you follow my personal blog Essentially Erika, then you know that breastfeeding is near and dear to my heart. I often credit breastfeeding for introducing me to a whole new way of thinking / parenting. My youngest was able to “self-wean” at the age of 2 1/2 years old, despite meeting constant opposition from well meaning family, friends, and even healthcare professionals. I was even lucky enough to participate in “The Big Latch On!” I couldn’t have done it without the help of incredible organizations like La Leche League who provide support for women in all stages of breastfeeding.

These stylish and fashionable breastfeeding moms in flowing dresses and heels are a wonderful example of a true Modern Boca Mom! Let’s face it, we all struggle with trying to “have it all.” Moms often feel torn between returning to work that is important to them and the strong urge to nurse their children as long as possible. The Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project during World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton hopes to encourage supporting women with these powerful images.

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

So the next time you’re out and about in Boca and you see a mom breastfeeding in public, show your support. We’re all in this motherhood gang together and she’s making a choice to put her child first and take a stand against breastfeeding discrimination. Give her a wink and a smile!

Unless you’re a Modern Boca Dad... then that may just be creepy…

Essentially yours,

Modern Boca Crunchy Mom

World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week Boca Raton, where are some of the public places you have had to breastfeed? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!

Erika is a Write-at-Home Mom of two boys. A self professed Bookworm and Advocate for Play. She created a blog called Essentially Erika that focuses on All Natural Parenting, Life, Nature and all things Organic. Follow her journey to getting back to basics and discovering what’s essential.  

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